Does the hustle and bustle of Ibiza become too much after a while? If so, Formentera might be the island respite your bass bashed eardrums need. Part of the Balearic Islands off of Spain, Formenera is basically what Ibiza was before all the nightclubs took over the shoreline. Conde Nast Traveler has this to say about it: “A 30-minute ferry ride from Ibiza, this 12-mile-long slip of an island is the under-the-radar Balearic: There’s not much more to it than white sand licked by cerulean sea. Which is absolutely fine, as far as the plugged-in, often-swimsuit-less Spaniards, stylish Italians, and smattering of media industry Londoners are concerned. The beach bars change owners (and names) from time to time, and the sleeping options recently improved with the addition of two upscale properties, but otherwise Formentera continues to resemble big sister Ibiza 40 years ago. Most visitors come for the day by ferry or private yacht, but to appreciate the unflashy, utterly tranquil nature of the island, stay for a few days, rent a scooter, and set out on a beach crawl.”
If you decide to head out on that beach bar crawl, be sure and stop by Bartolo’s beach bar (“chiringuito” in Spanish) in Es Calo, which is named after its longtime owner. I couldn’t find many reviews on it in English online but this blog did state that it was his friend’s favorite beach bar/chiringuito on Formentera.
So if you find yourself in Ibiza and want to take a day trip or you’re already on Formentera, let me know what you think of Bartolo’s and any other beach bars/chiringuitos this Mediterranean paradise might have to offer.